Two years ago, with the onset of the first lockdown, AC Services stopped posting their weekly blog on industry issues affecting their catering clients.
Survival against the changes in the pandemic has been the ongoing critical issue for this industry.
But now most restrictions are gone, as Covid moves from pandemic to endemic status; and it’s time to be going forward.
Going forward means continuing to actively manage cashflows especially with VAT on food back to 20% on 1st April.
The 25th March is technically known as a Quarter Day in legal terms. Last Friday this meant that the Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Act 2022 gained Royal Assent. An important Act for restaurants, cafes and other catering businesses; because for any unresolved issues over rent debt since March 2020, there are now specific arbitration services to enable resolution by 25th September 2022. It aims to enable a little further breathing space to bring cash in and settle payment plans.
Another great way to boost cash is to hold events and have themes to bring people in. These can celebrate like the Queen’s Jubilee, enable sharing like sports events or raise awareness or money around specific issues. This is why every year we’d kick our blog off with a calendar.
Our 2022 abbreviated calendar starts with religious festivals and some changed bank holidays. It picks up a sporting flavour with the Commonwealth Games, accelerates with 3 world cups in October and November before FIFA hits in November/December. Worth a quick read to help the planning!
April National Pet Month and National Stress Awareness Month
- April 2 Ramadan begins
- April 15 Good Friday
- April 17 Easter Sunday
- April 7-10 Golf Masters, Augusta, USA
- April 19 Horse Racing, Grand National, Aintree, Liverpool
May Local and Community History Month
- May 2 Early May Bank Holiday
- May 3 Eid al Fitr, Ramadan ends
- May 14 Football FA Cup final. Wembley Stadium, London
- May 28 Football UEFA Champions League Final, Stade de France Paris
June National Smile Month
- June 2-3 Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holidays (Thursday & Friday)
- June 6-11 Cycling Women’s Tour UK
- June 15 Father’s Day
- June 16–19 Golf, US Open, Brookline
- June 20 World Refugee Day
- June 27-July 10 Tennis, Wimbledon
July National Ice Cream Month
- July 1-24 Cycling, Tour de France
- July 10 International Don’t Step on a Bee Day
- July 14-17 Golf, British Open, St Andrews, Scotland
- July 27- 7 August Multi-sports, Commonwealth Games, Birmingham
August National Family Fun Month
- August 25-28 Golf, US PGA, Atlanta
- August 29 Tennis, US Open, New York,
- August 29Late Summer Bank Holiday
September National Organic Month
- September 4-11 Cycling Tour of Britain
- September 26 Rosh Hashanah/Jewish New Year
- September 29-October 1 Golf, Ryder Cup, Marco Simone G&C Club Rome
October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- October 8 – November 12 Rugby Union Women’s World Cup, New Zealand
- October 15- November 19 Rugby League World Cup England
- October 17- November 14 Cricket Men’s T20 World Cup Australia
November Movember and Road Safety Month
- November 4 Deepavali (also known as Diwali), Festival of Lights
- November 21-December 18 Football FIFA World Cup, Qatar